Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Snohomish, WA
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New Puppy owner - got through week 1 :)
I KNEW this was going to be a challenge...but having never had a dog in my life, this is quite the experience!!! I have been reading, reading, reading and want to thank everyone for all the good stuff you are posting on this forum.
Of course I am also getting more confused by the second, since everyone seems to have their own ways of doing things, but I think we are starting to work out a plan that works for us and I am finally getting a few hours of sleep....
This must be funny to the experienced dog owner, but the first night I didn't sleep a wink until 3am because every time he turned in his little crate I was thinking "does he need to go potty or is he just moving???" - I finally put him in his expen in the kitchen and lay down next to him on the HARD hardwood floor and crashed until 5am...).
I love him to bits and pieces and am sooooo glad that we are doing this in August while the kids are still home from school. Since they are 12 and 14 they can help with the "babysitting".
A friend of mine had puppies the same day as Marley was born, and she is keeping one of her pups. We will most likely start puppy class together in a couple of weeks. Her pup is a "little" bigger than Marley - a whooping 28lbs vs. Marley's 4lbs!! She is a Leonberger, though!!
That trainer also does house calls and I will try to have her come over to my house to help me set up a better plan for the crating/house training etc. for now, since I feel like I need a more consistent plan to follow.
Here is another picture of the little charmer...